Statue: Sir John Cass Foundation, Aldgate - Charity boy
Erection date: 1908
Site: Sir John Cass Foundation (6 memorials)
EC3, Aldgate, Primary School
This building now houses the Junior school of the Foundation established by Sir John Cass. Previously the Sir John Cass's Foundation Primary School it was renamed The Aldgate School in 2020 following the Black Lives Matter protests.
Our picture shows the north-east elevation on Dukes Place and the return down an alley. The building extends back to Mitre Street which also has an elevation for show. All other visible aspects of this building were clearly not expected to be on display. We imagine street widening (possibly prompted by bomb damage) has caused this unseemly exhibition, making a once proud building look a mess.
There are 3 niches for statues: the 2 on the Dukes Place frontage are occupied with the two charity scholar statues but the one on the Mitre Street frontage is empty. Four of the corners are adorned with memorial panels.